Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 31

December 7, 2001

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

The next policy meeting will be held December 11 at 3:00 EST

Guidance on Limited English Proficiency: The Department is in the process of revising its guidance on limited English proficiency (LEP). The original guidance was published for comment in the Federal Register in January 2001. The guidance implements Executive Order 13166, designed to ensure that persons with limited English proficiency have adequate access to federally funded service, consistent with title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The revised guidance will incorporate comments received on the prior guidance, and will be subject to a public comment period. Also, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be assessing the total costs and benefits of implementation. A Federal Register notice announcing OMB's effort was published on November 30, 2001. Contact: Maria Kniesler Flynn (mflynn@doleta.gov) or Betty Castillo (bcastillo@doleta.gov).

 

Technical Assistance and Training

ETA's "Youth Programs" Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services has featured many important announcements recently, including:

Conference Updates

The early bird registration for the Journey To Performance Excellence Conference has been extended to December 10, 2001. Contact: www.journey2002.net or 202-693-2990

Upcoming ETA Meetings

Plans

Nevada has submitted a modification to its Five-Year State Unified Plan and Transition Plan for Youth Activities. The original Plans, respectively, described the formula for allocation of funds to local areas. The State cites changes in economic conditions for its use of the "hold harmless provision, which is allowed under the first two years under the Workforce Investment Act" to now apply to Adult and Youth programs. Contact: Dana Durfee (415-975-4667; ddurfee@doleta.gov) or Kevin Thompson (693-2935; kthompson@doleta.gov)

Oklahoma has submitted a modification to its Five-Year State Workforce Investment Plan. Contact: James Howard (214-767-2154; jhoward@doleta.gov) or Valerie Lloyd (202-693-3644; vlloyd@doleta.gov)

Partners

Monster.com and the Department of Labor have entered into an agreement to provide a more efficient labor market and the broadest possible access to jobs, training and education, and career development. Look for more details in future Bulletins. Contact: (Dave Mormon: 202-693-3691; dmorman@doleta.gov)

The National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) invites cities with populations in excess of 50,000, or consortia of smaller communities from a county or defined region, to participate in a new initiative designed to help municipal leaders establish innovative jobs programs for hard-to-employ residents. The focus of this technical assistance effort will be a "transitional jobs" model now being used in more than 30 cities and four states. Transitional jobs programs provide time-limited, wage-paying jobs that combine valuable work experience with skill development activities and related support services. Interested cities may apply for either project by submitting a brief application and a letter of support from the mayor or city council president by February 15th. Contact: Julie Bosland, YEF Institute, at (202) 626-3069 or bosland@nlc.org or http://www.nlc.org/nlc_org/site/newsroom/nations_cities_weekly/display.cfm?id=740BB6A5-A25C-4A9A-A45E9D5999847589

Deadline is April 18, 2002, for PEPNet 2002 Application. The Application may be submitted by any initiative that provides employment/development services for young people ages 14-25. An initiative desiring recognition and feedback from reviewers answers a set of questions organized around the five categories of PEPNet Criteria. Programs that demonstrate evidence of effectiveness in Purpose & Activities plus two other categories may receive the designation of PEPNet Promising Program and may be encouraged to apply again the following year. To maintain PEPNet Awardee status, all Awardees are required to "renew" their awards every 4 years. Contact: http://www.nyec.org/pepnet/apply.html.

Miscellaneous

Through publication in the November 30 FEDERAL REGISTER, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is requesting information that will inform the development of an assessment of the costs and benefits associated with the implementation of Executive Order 13166. Executive Order 13166, issued in August of 2000, is designed to ensure that persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) have adequate access to federally funded services, consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on national origin. OMB The full text is accessible at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-29903-filed

"The Emerging Field of Workforce Development: Sizzle or Fizzle?" led by Ron Jacobs, was the subject of the first webcast in the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education's (NDCCTE) Professional Development Speaker Series on December 3, 2001. The Series is designed to create an interactive learning environment and to be used to enrich the professional development experiences of secondary and postsecondary career and technical educators across the country. All presentations will be available via live and archived webcasts on the website www.nccte.org. You can view the webcasts as an individual or form a discussion group about the issues raised. A series of discussion questions and activities based on the presentations is also available on the website to use as professional development sessions with secondary and post-secondary staff and administrators. The next webcast is 3:00-4:30 EST, December 10 led by Mike Rush on the topic of "Oh Vision-Where Art Thou? Defining and Marketing a Vision for Career-Technical Education".

Congress has appropriated $12.4 million for grants through the Commerce Department's Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) for Fiscal Year 2002. TOP's Notice of Solicitation of Grant Applications was released today (December 6, 2001). The Application Kit for FY 2002, including Notice and Guidelines, provides information on the program, rules for applying, suggestions for preparing an application, and the standard forms eligible organizations need to prepare a TOP application. The deadline for applications is March 21, 2002. The One-Stop Division has commended this TOP competition in the past to workforce development grantees. WIA Operations Bulletin 24 (October 5) noted some workforce organizations (Northwest Indiana WIB, Tucson, Goodwill Industries) which had submitted successful applications during the FY 2002 competition. Access to guidelines and application kit is through http://www.ntia.doc.gov/top/grants/applicationkit.htm

The November 30, 2001, issue of Youth Resource Connections announces that it will expand its coverage to include Workforce Investment Act news and events of interest to the workforce development system as well as Youth Opportunity Grant partners. This issue is also jam-packed with information, including announcement of six funding opportunities, as well as useful Web sites, important dates to remember, program spotlights, publications and resources, and WIA Youth Updates. Contact: http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/pdf/yrconnections.pdf.

November 2001 was another busy month for America's Career InfoNet. During November 2001, America's Career InfoNet (www.acinet.org) registered nearly 13 million total hits, 2.2 million total page views, and 330,000 total unique visitors. This represents an increase of 244 percent increase for hits, 45 percent increase for page views, and 50 percent increase for unique visitors in the comparison to November 2000. Typically, on an average weekday, America's Career InfoNet serves between 12,000-13,000 unique visitors.